Summit County Weekly Fishing Report
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Summit County, Colorado
SILVERTHORNE – Heavy flows continue to sweep through Summit County’s waters, carrying away the hopes of many local anglers accustomed to wading the Blue and Colorado rivers in June.
“Fishing is really limited right now as we wait for the waters to come down,” said Greg Frazier, a guide with Silverthorne’s Cutthroat Anglers, located off Highway 9. ” We’re at runoff right now. Everyone’s bummed out.”
Although the recent precipitation didn’t help much, Frazier said the flows are more “temperature-related,” and the warmer the weather, the higher the runoff.
And when the flows will start to come down, Frazier said, is anyone’s guess.
“We’re praying that it’s soon,” he said with a laugh. “It changes everyday, and we’re hoping they start to come down each day.”
The Colorado is starting to come down, Frazier added, but still needs about a week to get to “fishable” conditions.
As for the Blue, well, forget it for now.
Frazier said an angler’s best bet is looking for some low waters, as in tailwaters and inlets of the reservoirs. Even going out on a reservoir right now is better than fighting the heavy currents of the local streams.
“Some of the high-mountain lakes are mostly open, too,” Frazier said, “but if I were going to send someone out for the afternoon, I’d tell them to go over to Clinton Reservoir.”
Located along Highway 91 between Copper Mountain and Leadville, Clinton Reservoir and its tailwaters and inlets are producing some good fishing.
“It’s fishing pretty good, and starting to get better,” Frazier said, adding that woolly buggers – mostly green – should do the trick.
As for the area’s other reservoirs, Frazier suggested tying some hare’s ears or – underneath an indicator – some copper Johns.
If someone has their sights set on fishing some moving water, Frazier said the Williams Fork, coming out of the reservoir with the same name, is fishing fairly well as flows are dropping.
Also, Frazier suggests checking out the Yampa River near Steamboat Springs. Being a tailwater fishery, Frazier said to use hare’s ears and stoneflies as well as midges.
As flows continue to stay high on local waters, Frazier said one of the most important things an angler can do this time of year is to simply check the cfs of the streams.
“It’s crucial to have up-to-date flows,” he said. “You just need to be sage and know what’s going on out there.”
All of Summit County’s fly shops – including Cutthroat Anglers – have knowledge of the most current flows, and Frazier suggests giving any of them a call before heading out.
“In another week, everything should be much better,” he added, “but, it’s tricky right now.”
And that’s why he says an angler needs as much information as possible.
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